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Congratulations to BMO Harris Bank on the opening of their "Smart Bank" branch on Water St. Technology and convenience is what people want and this bank has it. I encourage you to check out the modern feel of this branch!
The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County (ADRC) staff is celebrating 10 years serving Eau Claire County! Located at 721 Oxford Ave we are easy to find; our office is right off the main entrance. Encourage anyone to come and visit!
Our mission is to help people age 60+ and adults with disabilities secure needed services or benefits, live with dignity and security and achieve maximum independence and quality of life.
The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is a grant program through the Federal Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Aging, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The grant program was developed to assist states in their efforts to create a single, coordinated system of information and access for all persons seeking long-term care support to minimize confusion, enhance individual choice and support informed decision-making.
There are no income requirements to utilize the services of the ADRC. ADRC's assist anyone age 60 and over as well as adults age 18-59 with disabilities. ADRC services are also available to family members, friends, caregivers and professionals working with these populations.
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The incredible ADRC staff is knowledgeable on a wide array of resources including:
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees is moving forward with its renovation and expansion plans to increase group-study and collaborative spaces, and improve overall accessibility of its downtown location with a philanthropic Campaign-Readiness Study to assess the strategy and feasibility of raising $11.5M in private funds for its proposed $23M library expansion project. The City of Eau Claire’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Budget includes $11.5M towards the project over three years: $1M in 2018 for technology, facility, and furnishing upgrades; $2M in 2019 for renovation design work and additional upgrades; and $8.5M in 2020 for facility systems upgrades in relation to the renovation and expansion. The tax implication is estimated to cost the owner of a home valued at $150,000 an additional $9/year in property taxes for 20 years in 2019. The additional $8.5 million included in the CIP for 2020 will cost the owner of a home valued at $150,000 an additional $30.50/year in property taxes for 20 years. Thus, the total for the project is $39.50/year for 20 years for the owner of a home valued at $150,000. The current study, led by Crescendo Fundraising Professionals, LLC, will identify philanthropic interest and capacity, the area’s financial climate, volunteer leadership interest, and the importance community residents place on the expansion to continue improving area quality of life.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals named Kandy Ebert as director of environmental services for both hospitals. Ebert started her career at St. Joseph’s Hospital as manager of the environmental services department. She began her new role at the hospitals September 24. Ebert has a long career serving health care organizations, having successfully led many departments including environmental services, food service, and information systems at other organizations.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Since launching in 2011, the campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide. The hospitals conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate colleagues, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospitals were awarded Gold recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center’s sleep technologists work with a team of physicians who are board certified in sleep, pulmonary, critical care and internal medicine. The center identifies and treats more than 84 different sleep disorders, including common conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy and more.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. received $15,000 grant from Nordson Corporation to support continued Junior Achievement efforts to provide programming to local middle school students in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. These grant dollars will help Junior Achievement continue to reach students at three local middle schools as well as expand the programming to other middle schools, especially local rural schools. The Junior Achievement Career Exploration programs equip students by teaching them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The goal is to provide career exploration opportunities throughout our communities. The Nordson Corporation’s investment in Junior Achievement of Northwest Wisconsin will help Junior Achievement provide Career exploration programming to area students as well as help area schools in their efforts to meet Department of Public Instruction mandates that expect all middle school students to have a career plan and access to career exploration.
Notifier, the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems, has presented LVC with the Million Dollar Award at its annual conference held this week. LVC has earned this and other awards over the years, due to high sales volume and exceptional service of Notifier products. LVC, a fire protection company and systems integration company, is one of the largest distributors of Notifier products in Minnesota. Since 1994, LVC has been regularly recognized by Notifier winning awards including the Million Dollar Award, President’s Circle Award, and Diamond Distributor Awards.
Yvonne Pierpont, M.D., recently joined the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Pierpont received a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She completed a plastic surgery residency and a research fellowship in surgery at Morsani College of Medicine at the
University of South Florida in Tampa. Pierpont also completed a fellowship in facial plastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at Clevens Face and Body Specialists in Melbourne, Florida. For the last 10 months, Pierpont provided contracted plastic surgery services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Congratulations to Steve and Linda Otto and the rest of the team on their Grand Opening of Signarama on Hastings Way - located between Queens Laundromat and SEEK Careers/Staffing. Welcome to Eau Claire!
October is Co-op Month
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative engages members and the public
Since the first member home and farm was energized in 1938, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative has encouraged Co-op consumer-members to be engaged in their co-op and the communities they live in. They currently do this through many programs including energy efficiency incentives, Focus on Energy, Evergreen and MemberSolar programs as well as their elected Board of Directors, volunteer Member Advisory Council and high school Youth Ambassador Program.
In addition, every two years during the election cycle since 2002, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative has organized the Candidates Energy Forum which features a panel of area state legislative candidates. Sixteen Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly candidates from the surrounding Chippewa Valley have been invited to participate. The event is co-sponsored by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation and the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association. It’s the cooperative way! Please join us at The Florian Gardens on Wednesday, October 3. Refreshments will be available and the public is invited.
Eau Claire Chamber
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